The New York Islanders just lost a frustrating one in New Jersey. In the first period, the Islanders were actually generating some chances they would finish the first with 16 shots on goal, yet they found themselves down a goal.
They allowed a short-handed goal to Janne Kuokkanen:
Four guys are just puck watching. Everyone except Ilya Sorokin is liable for this goal. The power play was downright awful tonight going 0-for-3 on the man advantage and they let one in to boot. Just unacceptable.
The second period was worse, the Islanders had two power play advantages that they just completely whiffed on. Shots were pretty even with the Devils getting 15 and the Islanders getting 14.
Where things really went wrong was the end of the period. There was a faceoff in the Islanders end of the zone that they won and got out but there was a clock issue so they blew it dead and started again. The faceoff went back into the Islanders end, and this time the Devils won it and kept it in the zone leading to a Tomas Tatar power play goal.
Just frustrating stuff all around, especially considering the Oliver Wahlstrom penalty that led to the goal. In the third, the Islanders got a good start from the fourth line but it wouldn’t last. The Devils got some more chances, which Ilya Sorokin bailed out until he couldn’t anymore.
Dawson Mercer finally broke through at 5:46 into the season for his fourth of the season. The res of the team didn’t show up tonight but Sorokin did. He stopped numerous odd-man rushes and breakaway chances for the Devils.
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For good measure, Dougie Hamilton would add one more to make it 4-0. They no-showed, it was bad. The Isles are back in action on Monday in Tampa Bay.